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Colombia Interior Minister proposed bill to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, September 9 2011

Colombia’s Interior Minister German Vargas Lleras has proposed a bill that would make all public spaces accessible to people with disabilities, reported Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. According to the report, the bill proposes that all public spaces in Colombia must provide disability access. If the bill is passed, it would see… Continue Reading »

Researchers developed smart robotic wheelchair

Asia-Pacific, September 9 2011

Taiwan: A cross-disciplinary research program has successfully developed three smart robotic wheelchair models and a safer bus for senior citizens and disabled people, according to the National Science Council Sept. 7. “We hope these devices will help senior citizens and disabled people take care of themselves, and enhance the quality… Continue Reading »

Accessible e-Book Reader, Read2Go and First Update, Now Available

Americas, September 9 2011

Palo Alto, CA: Benetech, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare, announced the immediate availability of Read2Go, a new accessible e-book application (app) for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Developed in partnership with Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd, known for its PLEXTALK brand of digital talking book players, this very easy-to-use… Continue Reading »

India’s GoAir refused to allow blind women to fly because of her disability

Asia-Pacific, September 8 2011

Blind woman refused access to GoAir flight because staff said they wouldn’t be able to deal with her in an emergency. A 35 year old blind woman, who was scheduled to fly from Mumbai to Ahmedabad by a GoAir flight on Monday morning, was stopped from boarding the aircraft by… Continue Reading »

Malaysian cabinet defers decision on KLIA 2 aerobridges

Asia-Pacific, September 8 2011

Putrajaya: The cabinet has deferred its decision on the installation of aerobridges at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) low-cost carrier terminal pending further studies on the matter, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha today. The cabinet will continue the feasibility study on installing aerobridges in response… Continue Reading »

New campaign aims to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 8 2011

New Zealand: A new social enterprise is on a mission to educate and inspire Kiwis to create a more accessible future for everybody. Be. Accessible is aiming for a totally accessible country for people with disabilities. The Be. On The Road campaign has visited 12 cities over a month-long tour.… Continue Reading »

French retailer tests NFC to help blind shoppers

Europe, September 8 2011

French supermarket chain Casino is conducting a test to investigate the potential of Near Field Communications (NFC) tags to help blind shoppers. The supermarket is conducting the test at a specialist laboratory, run in conjunction with L’Institut de la Vision, at Hopital des Quinze-Vingts in Paris. A live trial in a Casino store… Continue Reading »

Malaysian Transport Minister Kong urges MAHB to reconsider aerobridge decision

Asia-Pacific, September 7 2011

Putrajaya: Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) should reconsider its decision not to install aerobridges at its new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2), said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha. “I would like MAHB to reconsider and review their decision. In my opinion,… Continue Reading »

Cambridge company developed wireless cinema audio distribution system for people with hearing and visual disabilities

Europe, September 7 2011

An audio system developed by a Cambridge company to improve the cinema experience for people with hearing and visual disabilities has been taken on by a world leader in digital service provision. Cambridge Consultants’ new wireless Salix audio system makes it easier and cheaper for any theatre or auditorium to… Continue Reading »

UK group launched cinema campaign to improve disability accessibility

Europe, September 7 2011

A pressure group has launched a campaign for cinemas to improve access for people with disabilities. Members of the Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers Group are calling for independent and multiplex cinemas across the country to provide better facilities for customers with disabilities. Wheelchair users including YA reporter Paul Peterson, from Corringham,… Continue Reading »

Beyond barriers Incredible India tour by four wheelchair users

Asia-Pacific, September 6 2011

Beyond barriers Incredible India Tour by a group of four wheelchair users, that calls itself the Adventurous Four, will undertake the Beyond Barriers-Incredible India project to check accessibility for wheelchair users in the country. The tour aims to sensitize the concerned agencies like the Ministry of Tourism, NGOs, hospitality sector,… Continue Reading »

Man with dyslexia develops new mobile device to help people with learning disabilities

Americas, September 6 2011

Ben Foss was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child and struggled with learning disabilities through high school and college, always depending on others to read to him or taking long amounts of time to read the text himself. In graduate school, he relied on prerecorded audio content or he… Continue Reading »

ISO to contribute new standard for accessible packaging design

News, September 5 2011

Any consumer can find some packages or packaged products tricky to open. Such difficulties can be worse for people with disabilities or elderly people. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is contributing to a solution in the form of a standard for designing packaging that is easier to use for people… Continue Reading »

Chicago House of Blues reach agreement to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, September 5 2011

Chicago: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on Friday that the House of Blues Chicago and owner Live Nation Worldwide Inc. have implemented changes in accordance with a 2009 settlement agreement. Live Nation completed interior renovations and implemented new operating policies to bring the concert venue into compliance with federal… Continue Reading »

Victoria Public Transport ‘failing’ to cater for commuters with disabilities, report finds

Asia-Pacific, September 5 2011

The study by the Victorian Council of Social Service highlights what it claims are “critical breakdowns” in transport infrastructure that make parts of the system inaccessible to everyone from mums with prams to elderly shoppers or commuters with disabilities. Welfare advocates called for significant changes to the way public transport… Continue Reading »

AFB announces 2012 access awards call for Nominations

Americas, September 5 2011

New York: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)  announced its official call for nominations for the 2012 Access Awards, which honor individuals, corporations and organizations that eliminate or substantially reduce inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. Nominations for the AFB Access Awards should illustrate an… Continue Reading »

EyeNote app helps blind people to identify US currency

Americas, September 4 2011

The EyeNote application was developed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) for blind people to use as a tool to increase accessibility to U.S. currency. EyeNote is built for the Apple iOS to allow the user to scan a bank note and communicate its value back to the… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities celebrate accessible taxi service reintroduction

Asia-Pacific, September 4 2011

Hawkesbury, Australia: A fatal accident at Clarendon in the early hours of July 17 had further bad repercussions, but on Monday of them came to an end. The Gazette reported the accident at the time, a collision between a pedestrian and a taxi for disabled people. The taxi was the… Continue Reading »

Adelaide Railway Station short on toilets for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 3 2011

Adelaide, NZ: A Wheelchair user man is angered at the indignity he suffered due to a dire lack of disabled toilets at the Adelaide Railway Station. Ad’m Martin, 29, said he was “mortified” by the incident on Saturday, August 20, about 6pm. The station has one proper toilet for disabled… Continue Reading »

6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology

Europe, September 3 2011

The 6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access (UA) and Assistive Technology (AT) (CWUAAT 2012) will be held on 26th – 29th March 2012 at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. The workshop theme: “Designing Inclusion for real-world applications” refers to the emerging potential and relevance of the latest generations… Continue Reading »